Why Austria is Best for Après-Ski

    A long, exhilarating day on the slopes is not complete without some proper après-ski. In Austria, it starts right by the pistes, which are often lined with cosy huts and bars. Why not warm up with a cup of Austria’s legendary Jägertee (literally: „hunter’s tea“, a concoction of tea, wine, rum, brandy, orange juice, spices, and lemons) while the sun sets over the snowy mountains?


    Find out why Austria is your perfect destination for après-ski:

    • The atmosphere is cosy, comfortable, and friendly.

    Austria’s rustic ski huts, you’ll feel like you’re among friends. After all, there’s a saying in this part of the Alps: Once you’re above the tree line, everyone’s on a first-name basis. As guests squeeze together around the huts’ wooden tables, conversation – and sometimes schnaps – start to flow freely.

    • The cuisine is traditional, tasty, and filling.

    Ski huts are not just for partying, they’re also for dining. Especially in the small huts, meals are often prepared directly on an old rustic woodstove as the mouthwatering aroma wafts through the room. Try traditional dishes like Tiroler Gröstl (a fry-up made with potatoes and bacon) or Kärntner Kasnudeln (cheese-filled pasta from Carinthia) here.

    • You can also go stylish and extravagant.

    However, it’s not all traditional and rustic. Places like the ice Q gourmet restaurant in Sölden (which doubled as a futuristic clinic in a recent Bond film), the Swarovski-encrusted Top Mountain Star in Obergurgl, or the Kristallhütte lifestyle hotel in Zillertal offer stylish spots for dining and wining.

    • We have some unusual experiences in store.

    In the midst of the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental in Tirol (one of the largest and most modern ski resorts in the world), you’ll find a world made completely of ice. The ALPENIGLU® igloo village’s hotel, church, and bars consist of solid ice – and even your drinks will be served in ice glasses.

    Top 8 Austrian Ski Areas for Après-Ski

    1. Ischgl in Tirol

    Sometimes called the “Ibiza of the Alps”, Ischgl in Tirol is your go-to place for proper après-ski. Dance the night away at legendary spots like Fire & Ice or Kuhstall, or take it a bit easier at the elegant Schlosslounge.

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    Culinary delights in a traditional mountain restaurant in Ischgl

    2. Sölden in Tirol

    Apart from the usual suspects, Sölden is also home to the Electric Mountain Festival, a party concert right on the pistes which features international star DJs.

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    Electric Mountain Festival 2017 Sölden

    3. Kitzbühel in Tirol

    Located right by the area’s most famous slope, the Streifalm has played host to famous guests like Ed Sheeran or Boris Becker in the past. If you’re feeling homesick – or want to see what the Austrian version of an English pub looks like – visit The Londoner.

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    new years eve in Kitzbühel

    4. Saalbach-Hinterglemm in SalzburgerLand

    After enjoying the area’s 270 km (168 mi) of slopes, both its cosy huts and party bars are worth a visit – as are events such as the BERGFESTival pop & folk music festival and the White Pearl Mountain Days in spring.

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    Saalbach winter mountain festival

    5. Mayrhofen in Tirol

    With its sizable British community, Mayrhofen feels a bit like home in the middle of Austria. Party animals will love the Harakiri club.

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    Après Ski in Zillertal

    6. St. Anton am Arlberg in Tirol

    The Mooserwirt in St. Anton is one of the most famous après-ski huts in the Alps and has even been named “the mother of all après-ski bars” by Playboy.

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    Ski Show in St. Anton

    7. Obertauern in SalzburgerLand

    Austria’s snowiest town (scientifically proven!), Obertauern has 25 ski huts as well as a variety of pubs and bars very close to the pistes.

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    8. Schladming-Dachstein in Styria

    Schladming is not just known for its outstanding local cuisine, but also for Europe’s biggest après-ski hut, the Hohenhaus Tenne.

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    Night race (slalom) in Schladming